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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Baiting not humane
Vote "yes" on Proposition 3 to ban bear baiting. Lazy "hunters" who drag food and garbage into the woods to attract bears want the public to believe this is an ethical, fair-chase hunting method. Not even close.

Juneau's better than Anchorage
Donn Liston's letter would have many people believing that Juneau isn't worth living in.

Lincoln wouldn't recognize his own party
I was raised a Republican. It made sense to me as an 18-year-old, back in the 1960s. This was the party of Lincoln, of fiscal responsibility, of clear-headedness.

Candidate favors more road study
Let it be known that at no time during my statement on the "road issue," at the recent chamber candidate forum, did I say I "just" wanted to build a road without looking at the future environmental impacts.

Saddened by the killing of trees
Shame on those folks in Juneau who needlessly kill and maim trees when some careful pruning would preserve the trees, and they could still get their jobs done.

Baiting bears is bad for Alaska
On Nov. 2, Alaskans will have the opportunity to vote on the fourth ballot initiative since statehood that has dealt with wildlife issues.

Election means more than dividend
As a relative new-comer to Alaska (10 years) the sense of entitlement to our permanent fund dividends can be startling.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, a listing of Board of Game proposals accompanying an Outdoors section story in Sunday's Empire incorrectly merged two.

Photo: After the fire
Robert Clauder pulls a burned post from the pilings of the old DeHart's Marina dock Monday as he helps to rebuild it after it was torched in September.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Scholar: Good info is rare in nasty campaign
President George W. Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry would be better presidential candidates if they embraced some of the other's qualities.

Cleanup of burnt ruin continues downtown
Downtown Juneau's 6-week-old asbestos-contaminated debris pile could be gone this weekend.

Juneau voters flood locations for absentee voting
While most state workers were enjoying the day off in celebration of Alaska Day on Monday, employees with the state Division of Elections started collecting votes for the upcoming election.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Blading around the lake
Bob Chatfield skates a few laps up and down the Twin Lakes Trail on Monday on in-line skates.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Fierce winds shatter windows at Douglas Cafe, in parked vehicle
Strong winds whipped down Gastineau Channel Monday in a preview of one of the season's hallmarks, damaging some businesses in Douglas.

Bayview looks for solution to sewage ills
Since Denice McPherson moved into the Bayview subdivision in 1984, the neighborhood has always had problems with its sewer system.

Photo: Recognizing the service of territorial troops
Sen. Ted Stevens, far right, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (not pictured) present former World War II Alaska Territorial Guardsmen their formal military discharge certificates on Tuesday at the National Guard Armory downtown.

Photo: New kid on the block
Brianna Tragis, right, tends to her 5-month-old foal as its mother, Holly, peeks out of the stables Monday at the Fairweather Grounds on Crazy Horse Drive.

Photo: North Douglas woods
The view from the shore of a small pond in the woods of North Douglas shows the rainforest's version of autumn foliage - naked branches, thinning undercover and the yellow flash of dying devil's club leaves.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community.

Plain little humans and UFOs
I love my son. Really I do. I need to say this, not for your benefit, but as a reminder for myself.

Yzenbaard and Johnson to wed
Lisa Yzenbaard of Onekama, Mich., and Coast Guard Lt. George Johnson of Chicago will marry at 6 p.m., May 28, 2005, at Miramar Marine Aircorps Station in San Diego, Calif., with a reception to follow in the Miramar Marine Aircorps Station Officers Club.

John Phillip Stewart
Twenty-seven-year resident of Juneau, John Phillip Stewart, 65, died Oct. 19, 2004, at home.

Rudy Keith Lee
Former Juneau resident Rudy Keith Lee, 55, died Oct. 14, 2004, outside of Ruidoso, N.M., in a motorcycle accident.

Arthur H. Kassner
Arthur H. Kassner, 97, passed away Oct. 11, 2004, after a brief illness.

Alaska editorial: State should consider owning share of gas line
This editorial appeared in Sunday's Anchorage Daily News:

My Turn: Road is realistic too
Empire Publisher Robert Hale stepped into it this time with both feet and maybe unleashed the Dogs of War by insinuating that Juneau needs to choose between road access and a new capitol building.

My Turn: Choose sides in war on terror
There is very little middle ground on the Iraqi war as both teams square off upon the gridiron.

Alaska editorial: Split up 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
This editorial appeared in Thursday's Ketchikan Daily News:

My Turn: Juneau road would bury Skagway
Skagway has survived more than a century of boom and bust, from the 1898 gold rush to the U.S. Army supplying the Aleutian Campaign, to the current tourism growth.

Boozer sees first preseason action with Jazz
Carlos Boozer had eight points and nine rebounds in his first preseason game for Utah, and free agent Keith McLeod finished with 11 points and six assists in the Jazz's 113-89 win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

Lehauli named CIFC's top utility player in '04
During the football season, Juneau-Douglas High School junior Josh Lehauli lined up at fullback, caught passes as a receiver, played linebacker, punted and returned punts for the Crimson Bears.

Four Crimson Bears invited to play 28th annual Shrine Game
Four Juneau-Douglas High School senior football players have been invited to play in the Al Aska Shrine 28th Annual North-South Football Classic that takes place at 2 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Photos: Semifinal scenes
Juneau's Tres Saldivar, above left, drags North Pole defender Schon Ellis on a running play for a loss during last Saturday's state football playoff semifinal game in Anchorage.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Alaska's baiting debate gets hot
Both sides in the debate over a ballot measure to outlaw bear baiting are accusing each other of allowing Outside forces to come in and determine what is good for Alaska.

Pro-lifers hang back on Senate blessing
An Alaska anti-abortion group declined to endorse a candidate in the state's U.S. Senate race, but described Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski as the "better viable candidate for our issues."

Marijuana initiative backers sue over official opposition statement
A group pushing the ballot measure to legalize marijuana sued Lt. Gov. Loren Leman on Tuesday over his office's role in writing a statement of opposition in the Official Election Pamphlet.

Photo: Bridge, fog, ice, collisions
The northbound lane on the Knik River Bridge, 35 miles north of Anchorage, is jammed from rail to rail with vehicles Sunday after a multi-car collision.

Resource-industry reps ponder state of the state
Mining and tourism are booming in Alaska this year while oil has a murky future despite today's high prices, industry officials said Tuesday at the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce Convention and Trade Show in Juneau.

Knowles, Murkowski spar over incentives for building gas pipeline
Democratic Senate candidate Tony Knowles says his opponent, incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, failed to include a key provision in an incentive package to build a gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope.

Pot prop statement stirs ire of supporters
A statement in the state's Official Election Pamphlet opposing a proposition measure to legalize marijuana was written largely by Lt. Gov. Loren Leman's chief of staff.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Activist faces lobbyist in House District 5 race
A long-time political activist will face off against a lobbyist in the election for Alaska House District 5.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

Ketchikan candidates differ on approach to politics, POMV
The Alaska House District 1 race is a study in contrasts.

Ted Stevens: State should buy into gas line
Returning home to Alaska with a gas pipeline victory secured, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Tuesday the state should invest in the project.

ANWR sparks debate in races across U.S.
U.S. Rep. Steve King still bristles recalling the heckler who interrupted his stump speech at the Iowa State Fair, thousands of miles from his touchy subject - drilling for oil in the Alaska wilderness.

Head-tax petition handed in
Alaska voters may get another chance to decide whether the state should impose a $50 head tax and require water pollution permits for cruise ships.

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